fire and rain

Some readers will remember the fraught few days last summer when I wondered if the house was to be burned to a frazzle by the Gredos fire. It’s hard to believe that with all the rain that’s fallen recently.

Anyway, I still have a “Google alert” set up that tells me when any relevant news appears on the web. Which is why I’ve just seen this headline from the catástrofes y accidentes section of ABC online:

Aplazan por mal tiempo reforestación...

Yes, the re-forestation has been put off because of the weather.

The story tells us that the initiativa involves the planting of sweet chestnut trees, walnut trees and oaks en el monte de utilidad pública número 3 de Arenas de San Pedro (which has to be the least romantic name for a hillside I’ve ever come across). Apparently, both the tree planting and the associated “Boscopop” concert have been postponed until March 20th.

Off at a tangent, I looked up the words of James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” when I was thinking of a post title, and came across this page on Snopes. It seems delightfully relevant to the don’t confuse the narrator theme, and my belief that reality may provide a jumping off point for writing but that creative writing should not be mistaken for the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

It’s also a great way to mention snopes.com and remind anyone who isn’t familiar with the site that it’s a good place to check out the vaildity of those forward-this-message-to-ten-friends-and-you’ll-win-a-car type emails before you inundate everyone in your address book with junk mail.

Author: don't confuse the narrator

Exploring the boundary between writer and narrator through first person poetry, prose and opinion

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